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Hair Chalking Tutorial

Hair chalking neon colors on light blonde hair

Hair Chalking 101, The DIY How To Secrets

No, hair chalking isn’t new, but this season it really seems to be catching on! The beauty of hair chalking  is that it lets you play around with color to suit your mood, your outfit, or your style vibe without the commitment that regular dyes or full-on ombre hair colors require. While there are several companies that manufacture “Hair Chalk”, a simple box of non-oil based chalk pastels available at any art supply store, will give you the same colorful, temporary boost that more expensive products offer. Another plus about hair chalking is that it factors low on the coordination scale, so you don’t need to be really good with hair “stuff” to use it.

If you have blonde or light colored hair use hair chalk in it’s dry form. Applying hair chalk to light hair when it is wet will give you a darker, longer lasting dose of color pigment, but it can be difficult to remove, especially from damaged or bleached hair. If your hair is darker however, you’ll need to dampen the strands you want to chalk for the color to be bold and bright.

What you’ll need:

  • Hair chalk
  • Gloves
  • Old sheet or throw for the floor
  • Old shirt
  • Spray bottle
  • Flat iron/curling iron
  • Hair spray

 Step by Step How To:

1.  Once you have selected the chalk colors you want, prep your 1st section of hair using a spray bottle. It’s best to dampen as you go. Take a few strands – less than you would use in a curling iron, but more than just a few wisps, and twist them  into a tight band.

2.  Apply the chalk using downward strokes so you don’t damage the cuticle. You can control how much pigment you add by keeping the hair damp and applying more layers of color.

hair chalking - dark hair bangs

3.  Allow the chalked, twisted sections of hair to dry. You can use a blow dryer but keep the setting on low and keep the nozzle far enough away from the hair so you don’t blow off the chalk.

4.  Set the color using a flat iron or curling iron, and apply a spritz of hairspray to lock in the look.

hair chalking with flat iron

5.  Want to get funky with it? Create beautiful braids using a variety of vibrant colored streaks blended together. You can create dramatic ombre hair color, or a cool rainbow effect using multiple colors. Remember on dark hair to start with a base of white chalk and build the color on top of that for a more dramatic effect.

Hair chalking multi-colored fishtail braid

Chalked hair may come off on your pillow case and will generally last until you shampoo it out. If you have blond hair you may need to use a clarifying shampoo to wash out the pigment, just be sure to follow with a good conditioning.

Insider Tip: Use different gloves for your warm and cool color applications to keep the colors true. And, avoid using styling products such as creams, waxes or shine products that can make a slippery mess. Also, don’t mix a day of hair chalking with a trip to the beach, or a day in the rain, for obvious reasons.

For more great hair chalking pictures check out our Hair Color Ideas Pinterest board.


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6 Gray Hair Looks Worth Stealing

Hair Colour Trends

Gray hair colour ideas flourish!

Hair colour trends are not for the timid or the shy. Of course, if you are timid or shy when it comes to delving into a new hair colour trend, you always have the option of updating your hair colour in a tonal range that is a bit more subdued. A good hair colorist is able to work with new hair colour ideas and alter them to fit a variety of client’s preferences.

New hair color trends inevitably entail shades of reds, brunettes and blondes, but for today we’ll stick with shades of gray hair colour that are showing up on runways, models and celebrities across the world. Gray hair is being seen in a variety of hues and varying shades of stone, ash and silver. For those who feel a bit bolder, they can accent the gray with light blue, pale pink or lilac.

Hair Colour Trends

This summer and fall fashion tycoons and celebrity hairdressers are teaming up to pump up the gray strands. Love this shabby chic loose, side braid and side swept over-grown bangs with grayed out strands throughout.


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Hair colour trends at Grammy

Pink tips off her short hair with platinum streaks at the Grammy Awards

Hair Colour Trends
From the UK
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Gray hair got a boost here!

Meryl Streep never looked better than in her role as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. I’m a big fan of Meryl’s and I think this hairstyle with this hair colour was spectacular on her!

Hair Colour Trends
Helen Mirrens gray debut


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Ombre Hair Extensions in 3D

Four strands of ombre hair extensions

Ombre hair extensions with a twist!

These new 3D Strand FX ombre hair extensions by Great Lengths are something a bit more novel in the look of hair extensions. These extensions will give a three-dimensional ombre color effect when combined with your regular base color. The 3D Strand FX collection comes in 4 jewel tones which won’t fade and transition in hue from top to bottom.

  • Sapphire – a pastel blue base changing into jewel blue at ends
  • Ruby – a pastel pink base changing into jewel red at ends
  • Emerald – a mint green base changing into jewel green at ends
  • Amethyst – a pastel purple base changing into jewel purple at ends

Jewel toned hair and extensions may be considered a bit radical by some, but as this trend continues it’s taken on a softer, more user-friendly side. These pure pigment tones have changed from the initial neon pinks, purples, blues and greens to softer pastels and are more acceptable to more people. Although a full head of jewel toned funky hair color isn’t on most’s to-do list, the new ombre hair extensions will no doubt be a trend we’ll be seeing more of.

These strands by Great Lengths are made from 100% human hair which has been painstakingly dyed by professionals to transition in color from tip to end. Another unique quality to these extensions is they are colorfast. This means they won’t fade like normal hair color.  The patented process of removing the pigment from the hair involves no bleach or ammonia derivatives. The original color is completely removed and textile dyes are used to replace the original color.


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